Matthew Cohen

Yoga Philosophy

I’ve been working with Matthew over many years now. His approach to yoga makes him one of the most unique and powerful teachers around. He masterfully intertwines Chinese ancient forms and elements of Qigong in the flow of his yogic practice where the physical challenges are met with energetic awareness and healing capabilities. ~ Mia Maestro Actor/Musician

I’m very happy to have had the chance to meet with Master Matthew Cohen and have a private session with him. As an athlete, I do high intensity exercise every day, which causes great fatigue and stiffness in my body—plus many injuries. It was so amazing how relaxed and renewed I felt after Matthew’s session. During the entire session, Matthew kept observing my body and my energetic state being able to adjust the practice specifically to me. His adjustments were exactly what my body needed as I felt myself slowly open. After the session, I felt better communication between me and my body—and hope I can remember and keep the feeling in the future. ~ Liu Shiwen, Olympic Gold Medalist -Table Tennis, China

Matthew is a fantastic Yoga teacher. His class impressed me from the very beginning and made me feel a sense of being stable, quiet and warm as if I could see myself from inside. I found a connection to my soul from my practice with Matthew when he combined the soft Yin elements of Yoga and Tai Chi with the strong Yang elements of Martial Arts. After Matthew’s session I felt complete pain relief in my body, opened in my heart, refreshed in my brain—which brought me an unimaginable ‘relax and renewal’ feeling into my life. ~ Sang Yachan – Table Tennis Olympic Athlete, China


Matthew has been fully immersed in the study and application of Martial, Yogic and Healing Arts for over 30 years. His teachings are at once ancient, progressive, secular and sacred. His integrated approach to healing is potent and accessible. He was the founder and master teacher at his Sacred Energy Arts Center in Santa Monica for over a decade. During this time he also taught at Exhale (Center for Sacred Movement) in Venice,California. Matthew has led teacher trainings and workshops nationally and internationally including New York, Boston, San Francisco, China, Europe, Scandinavia, Singapore, Mexico & Canada.

At a young age Matthew instinctively gravitated toward yoga. He found that finding breath, balance, strength and focus in poses helped him calm his mind. At 12, he started martial arts training and eventually earned a rank of 5th degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu. He has attained Guru of Kun Tao Silat under the masterful Willem de Thouars. Matthew is also a highly sought after master teacher of Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi Chuan is the most practiced martial arts in the world today.

For over 20 years he has studied body-mind healing including Thai massage, Chinese styles of bodywork, Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, & CranioSacral therapy. Sacred Energy Arts Flow is the culmination and evolution of Matthew’s extensive training in all of his practices and teachings.